Monday, January 26, 2009

Roger That: Catholic Schools Week

This week is Catholic Schools Week. My multi-part series on The Historic Catholic Churches of Cincinnati is months away. So instead I thought I'd post a quick photo of one of my favorite Catholic high schools in the area . . . in terms of it's architecture.

Roger Bacon, located at 4320 Vine Street in St. Bernard, was dedicated in 1929. Identified as "Lombardy" style on the school's website, it is Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. I do not know the architect. I speculate it may be the work of Samuel Hannaford & Sons as they did a complex of buildings for St. Francis Sereph which was also operated by the Franciscans who still operate Roger Bacon today. But I have found nothing confirming that.




Anne said...

Oh no, now you've started high school is prettier! I can't find a good pic online but check out Purcell Marian. Nifty!

Eliz. Lasky said...

Ooo, pretty.

Cincinnati has a lot of Italian Renaissance, as I understand it.

CityKin said...

You should also photo the Our Lady of Angels, girls HS, and the their stadium. OLA was sold by the Archdiocese in the 1980's when RB went coed.

Anne said...

...and luckily, they didn't re-name it "Our Lady of Bacon!"

Dan said...

Oh Anne but they should have! I really think they need to change their mascot to the Roger Bacon Lettuce and Tomatoes.

RB-Tim said...

Call a friend at Roger Bacon and she sent me this info.
The architect of Roger Bacon High School is John F. Sheblessy, who also
did St. Clement School up the street on Vine. The Lombardy architecture
came with a liking for decoration and arches. In the first Roger Bacon
yearbook, the faculty writes about how the arches above the second floor
windows are the symbols Language, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Music,
Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, the three theological virtues of Faith,
Hope and Charity and the four cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice,
Fortitude and Temperance. So check that out if you get the chance.

Dan said...

Thanks for the information! I am aware of a couple things Sheblessy did for the Catholic Church locally including Holy Family in Price Hill which is lovely and the stone facade at what was St. Stephen's Church in Hamilton, OH.